Emma Ruth Rundle delivered arguably the most stripped down and vulnerable set of the festival. Her vocal inflections stab like needles into unsuspecting listeners who might just end up crying, or at the very least staring at her incredulously.
Uninhibited in a way that’s rare even for a solo performer, Rundle plays guitar like she sings: with some words and chords barely there and others barreling at us. When she sang her lyric Who else would ever stay? in “Marked for Death”, she momentarily removed her hands from the guitar and turned up her palms to gesture her curiosity. And the audience hangs on to her every move, because every detail means something in the story she tells.
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